Wednesday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was pretty damn dull, if you ask me, except for a few strategically placed scenes that livened things up.
The morning after Crystal Minkoff stormed out of Kyle Richards’ Palm Springs home, several of the ladies rehash the drama at the scene of the crime.
Kyle, Garcelle Beauvais, Dorit Kemsley, Erika Jayne, and Lisa Rinna all sit around drinking blood marys and mimosas, trying to figure out what triggered Crystal the night before. If you recall, Crystal said the group wasn’t a “safe space” for her to express her feelings. While the ladies are stills stumped by Crystal, Garcelle decides to take matters into her own hands and calls Crystal, who is staying at a hotel in Palm Springs. She asks Crystal to come by to talk, and Crystal obliges.
Before Crystal arrives, the ladies begin to talk about the drama they faced with Erika last year in this very spot. Erika says she was in “shambles” last year as her estranged husband Tom Girarid’s legal and financial woes came to light. She tells the ladies, “Thank you for accepting me for the wild animal that I was.”
Garcelle quickly notes that the ladies were so tough on her because she didn’t show compassion for Tom’s alleged victims. Erika fires back that because of the lawsuits, she couldn’t do that as it could be used against her in court.
The Pretty Mess singer then drops the ultimate doozy: “We’re not even sure that there were people that weren’t paid.”
She adds: “This thing is a long way from over, and there is still a lot of investigating that needs to be done, and we don’t have all the facts yet.”
None of the ladies seems to be buying this, with Garcelle saying, “Come on!”
Erika is saved from further peppering by Crystal, who shows up to chat with the ladies.
Crystal jumps right in and says that she blew up the night before because no one respected her feelings last season when she said that Sutton Stracke violated her by walking into her bedroom unannounced while she was naked.
The ladies still don’t seem to get it. In her confessional, Dorit quips: “Saying you don’t feel like you’re in a safe space because a group of adult women don’t agree with you? Sweetheart, this is a vacation compared to what I went through.”
However, the most shocking attack comes from Garcelle, who is determined to bring up Sutton and Crystal’s drama from Aspen, even though Crystal doesn’t want to rehash it.
Garcelle says she felt Crystal’s “Are you really that girl?” comment to Sutton was a setup and that no matter what Sutton said, that was going to be Crystal’s response. Cyrstal denies the accusation and hints that Sutton said some “dark” things that promoted her response but refused to say what those things are. Naturally, this frustrates the group.
The mounting tension is broken when Garcelle tells the group her son Oliver got a job with their former friend and co-star Lisa Vanderpump. The ladies all breakdown into various fits of laughter and shock, which was indeed a sight to be seen.
Meanwhile, the Crystal drama is over just yet. Once again, it rears its ugly head at Sutton’s party after Kyle and Garcelle tell the hostess that Crystal was talking about her. When Sutton hears what Cyrstal said, she replies by saying she just wants to move on from last year. Kyle is shocked and doesn’t buy it – she believes that Sutton is trying to cover up something that she doesn’t want to come to light.
The ladies, sans Erika, who declined an invite to the party, and Lisa, who is in Oregon taking care of her mom Lois following a massive stroke, confront Crystal and insist she reveals what Sutton said. Oddly enough, neither Sutton nor Crystal seem to care about this old drama; the rest of the group can’t seem to move on from it or Crystal’s choice of words.
Last year, the ladies didn’t like that she used the word “violated.” This year, her use of the word “dark” is offensive.
“If we continue this conversation, I don’t want to be told the word ‘dark’ is too much, and it comes down to a word,” Crystal tells the group.
The conversation eventually fizzles out as neither side is budging from their stance.
The episode concludes with Dorit undergoing EMDR therapy. Before her therapy appointment, Dorit tells her husband Paul ‘PK’ Kemsley how she still feels anxious in their house following the home invasion, adding that now all she sees is doom. In her confessional, the Beverly Beach designer admits that she has flashbacks to the robbery when her kids come into her room at night. She adds that all she can see in her head is the headline of her being shot and her children killed.
PK tells Dorit she needs time away with her friends and suggests they take a trip to Punta Mita.
End of episode.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 8 pm on Bravo.
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